Introduction to Culture and Biology Interplay

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Research on culture and biology interplay has the potential to transform our understanding of the role of nature and nurture in shaping evolution, adaptation, and development. However, several obstacles prevent a meaningful integration of culture and biology in behavioral sciences, including skepticism towards reductionist and deterministic use of biological methods, the historical use of biological arguments to justify social and racial hierarchies, and the disconnection between research fields. In order to overcome these obstacles and their consequences, in this chapter we define the core features of culture and biology interplay, provide an overview of its history, and examine different types, levels, and domains of research in culture and biology interplay. We close by presenting some conclusions and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Culture and Biology Interplay
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781119181361
ISBN (Print)9781119181323
StatePublished - Aug 22 2017


  • Animal culture
  • Biology
  • Cultural genomics
  • Cultural neurobiology
  • Cultural neuroscience
  • Culture
  • Culture and biology interplay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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